Dexter scores 20 runs in 5-inning victory at Penquis
MILO — The Dexter Regional High School baseball team scored at least three runs in each of the team’s trips to the plate during a Class C North contest at Penquis Valley High School on May 19. The Tigers picked up 17 hits, including seven of these being for extra bases, to help score the 20 runs in a 20-4, 5-inning victory.
Dexter (the team improved to 5-7 after having dropped three of the previous four games) nearly doubled its previous season-high in runs scored, 11 in an 11-1 win vs. Piscataquis Community High School on May 8. Every player in the Tiger starting lineup in Milo reached base, with seven of these Tigers recording at least one hit, and four of the five pinch hitters would single in their at-bats.
Payson Reinhardt led Dexter with his 4-for-4 afternoon as he also reached base on an error in his other at-bat. He drove in a half dozen runs and came home himself four times while also stealing three bases as part of the 15 total steals for the Tigers.
In the top of the fourth Reinhardt dropped the baseball just inside the outfield fence. He was able to run around the bases before a throw could come home for an inside-the-park home run to enable himself and teammate Bryce Connor to both score on the hit for a 16-4 lead at the time.
Blaine Gould had a hit in all three of his at-bats, including two doubles with one to leftfield and the other bouncing off the centerfield grass and over the fence. Gould would drive in a pair of RBIs, score two runs, and swipe two bases.
Dexter starter Caleb Bowman and reliever Chase Farnsworth, who tossed the final 3.2 innings after entering a 6-3 game, combined to hold Penquis to four hits in five innings.
Penquis, the team dropped to 2-6, would get on the scoreboard in the home half of the first three innings. Nate Lovejoy got the Patriots on the scoreboard after coming home on a Dexter throwing error in the bottom of the first.
Penquis took advantage of a throwing error and wild pitch in the second as Liam Atkinson and Aidan Murano came home on the respective miscues.
In the bottom of the third a fielder’s choice by Austin Gallant drove in Dylan McKenzie from third. Earlier in the inning McKenzie reached base on his first single of the day. He would later drop another into right field to lead his team in a 2-for-3 hitting performance with a run and stolen base.
Dexter and Penquis are scheduled to play again just five days later at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 in Dexter.
The game in Milo served as Senior Day for the Patriots’ two 12th graders. Before the first pitch Brady Goulette and Nate Lovejoy were both recognized for their contributions to Penquis baseball as well as the larger school athletics program as they are both multi-sport athletes.
Dexter 20, Penquis 4
DEX (5-7) 336 53 — 20
PEN (2-6) 121 00 — 4
Dexter: Reinhardt 4-4 HR 2B 6 RBI 4 runs 3 SB; Gould 3-3 2 2B 2 RBI 2 runs 2 SB; K. Kimball 2-3 3B 2B 3 RBI 3 runs 2 SB
Penquis: McKenzie 2-3 run SB
WP: Bowman 1.1 IP 3 runs 1 hit 5 BB 1 K
LP: Goulette 2 IP 11 runs 7 hits 5 BB 3 KLOB: Dex 7, Pen 4